BIW Body-in-White, i.e the metal structure of a vehicle
CAD Computer aided design
CAE Computer aided engineering
Catia A brand name of a software product
CMM Co-ordinate Measuring Machine
E Coat Electro Coat - same as EPD
EDI Electronic data interchange
EPD Electro Phoretic Dip
FMEA Failure Mode and Effect Analysis - A quality development tool for Products and Processes
HSLA High Strength Low Alloy, a very strong steel
IDEAS A brand name of a software product
JIT Just-in-time, a manufacturing philosophy of providing parts exactly when a customer needs them, hence reducing inventories and improving flexibility
JPH Jobs per hour
MAG Metal Active Gas - where the gas reacts and is part of the weld process
MFG Pro A proprietry software product, which is in fact an MRP system
MIG Metal Inert Gas - where the gas protects the welding operation
MRP Manufacturing Resource Planning - A computerized System involved in getting all resources in the right place, at the right time, to manufacture and deliver a product
NVH Noise Vibration and Harshness
OEM Original equipment manufacturer, i.e the people who assemble the cars, typically the famous brands like, Ford, BMW, Toyota etc.
PDM Product Data Management
PPAP Production Part Approval Process - the process of proving everything is OK before serial production starts
PPM Parts per million
Pressings Pressed metal components
PSW Part Sample Warrant - the same process as PPAP
R&R Matrix Roles and Responsibilities
Stampings Another name for Pressings, or pressed metal components
WIP Work in progress
Zero PPM An objective of having zero defective parts in a batch of 1 million parts.
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